Modified schedule this Thursday

Weekly Update, May 7

Modified rehearsal schedule this week:

7:00 to 8:20: Regular rehearsal focusing on the Tribute to Heroes songs: (Tentative)

  • A Little Help from My Friends
  • America the Beautiful Medley
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • God Bless America
  • Patriotic Medley

8:20-8:30 Chorus provides feedback about the Spring Show and Afterglow. Come ready to share your impressions and those gathered from your family and friends.

8:30 Chorus dismissal. Music team and any board members that would like to attend will go to the library for what we are calling a “summer planning session.” We would hope to have this done by 9:15. We would like to do an overall plan for rehearsals for the rest of May and the summer months.

Tribute to Heroes

We have been honored again to provide music for this high profile event, Thursday, June 14 at the Hotel at Kirkwood. The event is the traditional kick-off event for the Freedom Festival. This will be a chorus event with all hands needed for singing, and there will be an opportunity to buy a seat at the table for the recognition dinner for those wanting to attend.

Summer events being planned

Larry, Bob and others will be planning a number of special “team building” events for the summer. Stay tuned.

Update, May 3, 2018

Update, May 3, 2018

Cookie Fest this week

In lieu of our regular rehearsal, the chorus will head to Iowa City for the annual Cookie Festival hosted by the Old Capitol Chorus. We’ll join a number of choruses from eastern Iowa at the event, set for 7 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

If you want to carpool, meet at the Scottish Rite parking lot at 6:10. Dress in blue Harmony Hawk shirt, black pants, black shoes.
If you are driving down separately the location is: Robert A Lee Community Rec Center located at 220 S. Gilbert St, Iowa City.

The chorus will be singing “Isn’t She Lovely”.

Thanks for a successful show!

Thank you to all the chorus for making the show last week a success. It will take a while to crunch all the numbers, but this much we know:

  • Our patrons said that they enjoyed the show – music, script and performers were all well-recieved
  • The chorus was able to learn some great new music and perform it well
  • The afternoon performance time allowed an earlier afterglow with increased attendance
  • The afterglow was a load of fun, especially for the 15 or so Prairie boys and their families

Some special thank yous:

  • Wendell and Al for their leadership as show chairs.
  • John and the music team for preparing the chorus.
  • Greg for preparing the set and show direction.
  • Bill Moss and all who sold ads and solicited donations. Bill again led the way in sales by  a wide margin.
  • A number of spouses and significant others who stepped up on show day to sell tickets, reserve seats, serve as ushers.
  • Lee and Val Freie for organizing and hosting the afterglow.
  • County Corridor and SwitchBack for performing at both the show and afterglow.

Young Men in Harmony set for Oct. 5

Chorus Members:  Please put Friday, October 5th on your calendars for our sponsorship of the Cedar Rapids Young Men in Harmony Festival.  It will be held at Prairie Point Middle School starting at 12:30.

Youth from both Prairie Point and Benton Community will be involved—-plus we will be inviting other area schools.
The afternoon clinic will be conducted by John Hayden.  The participants will be learning two songs (they will get their music earlier to be working on it).  We will also have a guest quartet to act as the “demo” quartet during the clinic.
We will be doing a pizza dinner for everyone at 5:00.
At 7:00 we will be doing a “Friends and Family” concert featuring the Harmony Hawks, our festival participants performing their two songs and a set by our guest quartet.
There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities for you as chorus members at this event.
Please watch for more details to follow over the next few months.

Photo prints are ordered

The 8″ X 10″ color prints of the formal group photo have been ordered and will be available for pickup at the May 24 rehearsal. Please pay by check made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus, $15 for each print ordered. Questions? Call Gary at 319-721-0781.

Weekly Update, April23

Show Week!

Months of planning, learning music, selling ads and tickets, and rehearsals culminate this week with our annual spring show.

Special performance Thursday at Solon

The chorus will perform many of our show songs in a special concert this Thursday at Solon High School. We will be joined on stage by some of the Solon groups led by Joel Foreman. This will be a great opportunity to team up with Solon and see their new performing arts center. The school is located at  600 W 5th St., Solon.

Uniform for the night is the blue short-sleeved Harmony Hawks shirt, black pants, black shoes, socks and belts.

Schedule for the night

  • 7:00  Arrive, warm up..
  • 7:30  Start Show
  • Harmony Hawks
    • 1. I’d Like to teach the world to sing
    • 2. Help from My Friends
    • 3.  I wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Bohemian Red: Rhythm of Love
  • County Corridor: Blue Suede Shoes
  • Harmony Hawks
    • Isn’t she lovely
    •  4-part harmony demonstration using  “Let me Call you Sweetheart”
    •  Patriotic Medley
  • Solon  Men’s Chorus: three songs
  • Harmony Hawks rejoin them on stage and teach/ Learn some tags
  • Harmony Hawks will stay on stage with Solon boys and we will teach them the America the Beautiful OVERLAY, then add Greg’s solo in there.

Schedule for show day, April 28

  • 8:30a        Stage setup
  • 10:00        Tech rehearsal
  • 11:00        Run through        *Full chorus and chorus quartets/VLQ
  • 12:30p      Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00          Warmups        *Full chorus and chorus quartets/VLQ
  • 2:30          House opens
  • 3:00          Show
  • 5:00          Show over, strike- Disassemble stage & risers
  • 6:00          Out of the Concert Hall- To VFW for afterglow

Afterglow plans set

The afterglow is shaping up to be quite the party with over 100 making reservations to attend. Performers will be free but have been asked to signup so we can have plenty of food available. Lee Freie has done a great job organizing the event. Thank you, Lee!

Youth in Harmony Event planned for Oct. 5

Please put Friday, October 5 on your calendars for our sponsorship of the Cedar Rapids Young Men in Harmony Festival.  It will be held at Prairie Point Middle School starting at 12:30.Youth from both Prairie Point and Benton Community will be involved, and we will be inviting other area schools.

The afternoon clinic will be conducted by John Hayden. The participants will be learning two songs (they will get their music earlier to be working on it).  We will also have a guest quartet to act as the “demo” quartet during the clinic.

We will be doing a pizza dinner for everyone at 5:00.

At 7:00 we will be doing a “Friends and Family” concert featuring the Harmony Hawks, our festival participants performing their two songs and a set by our guest quartet.

There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities for you as chorus members at this event, so please watch for more details to follow over the next few months.

Bob Kerdus
Youth in Harmony Coordinator

Renewals celebrated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These three chorus members were recognized for April 12 for renewing their memberships. Gary Glockhoff has been a member for 36 years and has two Men of Note awards. Lee Freie has been a member for 17 years. Sean Smith has been a member for 14 years and has three Men of Note awards. Thank you Gary, Lee and Sean for your continued loyalty to the Harmony Hawks.